'Before the Flood'
On Friday 2nd November, we presented this film in conjunction with the Downton Society. Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, the film looks at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do to prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet. With stunning camera work, its DiCaprio putting himself in a position to be embarrassed as a fossil fuel hogging American that makes this film so powerful and so different from other documentaries about global warming.
Guided Walk and Talk on Swifts
On Monday 2nd July, we met outside the White Horse at 7.30pm. The walk was lead by Daniel Kronenberg of SAWS (Salisbury and Wilton Swifts - an outreach project of the Salisbury Secret Garden and also supported by RSPB South Wilts). He identified possible nesting sites and suggested ways in which interested individuals might be able to help these amazing birds.
Seedy Sunday, March 2018
Our 8th Seedy Sunday! Despite the new date well over a 100 people came to Seedy Sunday this year. They brought and swapped seeds (commercial or own) and plants (including vegetable seedlings) or gave a donation if none to swap. Some bought seeds from various companies, including Bright Seeds. The Garden tool sharpening service did a roaring trade and had to take some of the blunt tools away with them to sharpen later. Also on sale were pea/bean sticks and other gifts. Great interest was shown in the 'How to recycle plastics and other products in the garden'. Another favourite was the opportunity to 'nurdling'. This seeing how many nurdles (the small discs of bleached plastics found everywhere in our oceans) could be found in half a glass of Lymington sand. For children there was a quiz and free gifts, as well as being able to read about our local eco primary school with its gold star rating. Our local green spaces area featured the Millennium Green with a scale model which had lots of interest. Homemade refreshments were enjoyed by all.
Salisbury Bee Trail Launch end July
This is part of the Salisbury Bee City project. Organisers of the Bee Trail state ...
'Think of the 'Baron's Trail but with less Baron and more Bee! You are going to be looking for 12 bee signs all around the City.'
The Trail is created by The Secret Garden Salisbury Society and sponsored by local businesses. Art work by Bluntwood and Blue Flame Digital. For full details, including where to obtain maps and information on bees, go to https://secretgardensalisbury.uk
Bee Friendly Fair photos:
Paris Climate Change Conference update
The Paris Agreement came into force on November 4th 2016. For the first time all nations have come together in a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change. Many countries have now ratified the agreement.
To find out more about the Paris Agreement and the way ahead go to the official UN Website
Village Waste Bins
Following lobbying by the Green Group, these are now in place: one outside the Coop and one near the Pharmacy. Each has two compartments, one for recyclables and one for general waste. It is hoped they will encourage local recycling.
October 2016 - Apple Day
Downton Green Group working together with the Parish Council
In the context of the Neighbourhood Plan, and in response to a request from the Parish Council, Downton Green Group prepared a report on both its past activities and suggested future initiatives. Presented to the Amenities Committee in July, proposed initiatives were largely endorsed by the Committee on behalf of the Council. These included the holding of quarterly ‘repair, re-use and recycle’ open sessions, undertaking litter picking twice yearly and supporting the proposed foot/cycle bridge over the Avon, south of the Borough, project to encourage walking/reduce car use. The Council is to take responsibility for working with the Allotments Association to maximise their use; consider environmental issues in all planning applications presented to the Council and investigate the feasibility of solar energy in future building projects. The Green Group will provide information on planting to benefit wildlife, increasing car sharing and coordinating neighbourhood garden maintenance. All in all, a very positive example of working together for the good of the local community. See link to read the full report from DGG to the Parish Council.
What happens to the products collected for recycling?
In Feb 2016, the Downton Green Group visited Wiltshire Council's Materials Recovery Facility (run on their behalf by Hills) at Lower Compton. To see what we learnt from our visit (with photos) go to:
Worldwide it is estimated that about one-third of food is wasted either at source, in production, by retailers or by consumers. The National Geographic magazine, March 2016, has a very interesting article on the subject. To find out the top 25 products that are wasted according to Tescos go to
From this Autumn, we will have a regular column in the InDownton newsletter entitled 'Green Matters'. This will consist of several short 'Green' items that relate to living in Downton. Similar articles will also be included in the Downton Parish magazine when, on occasion,these will cover just one topic (eg September 2015 on the new Salisbury Transition City initiative). See Articles Section for the full text.
Salisbury Transition City is now established. Its website is http://salisburytransitioncity.org/
It is being launched on Saturday 27th June at an event in The Guildhall, Market Place, Salisbury, from 1.30 till 5.30pm – Stalls, Speakers, Film, Refreshments and more. Downton Green Group will be there so you can learn more about what we do.